A Perfect Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park

“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Mother-daughter relationships are among the most significant of our lives. Did you know that psychologist conclude that the better a daughter’s relationship is with her mother, the better her relationship will be with her spouse and children?

I found some interesting statistics about moms as well:

  • 88 percent of adults say their mother has had a positive influence on them
  • 92 percent say their current relationship with their mother is positive
  • 88 percent of all mothers say their family appreciates them enough
  • 53 percent of adults say their mother had more influence than their father had

I’ve been fortunate enough to have a great relationship with my mom. Of course, during my teenage years I was a TOTAL brat and fought with my mom often; but even through all that, I’ve always loved and honored my mom. Continue reading “A Perfect Mother’s Day Picnic in the Park”


My Momma

My momma is one of my biggest mentors when it comes to cooking. Nearly every single thing I know about cooking and baking I have learned from her and I can’t think of a better person to teach me even more. As you can tell, I’m definitely her mini-me.


GiGi Bradford was born in California but her parents very quickly moved to England when my grandfather was stationed there. After living in England until she was 3, her parents moved to Brandon, Florida to start a family. She comes from a big Mexican-American family; all of whom are very close still today. We always joke that her side of the family is pretty much the family from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, only Mexican instead of Greek, HA!

According to my dad, she was not much of chef when they first got married (he may get in trouble for that…) but she has really become such an amazing cook today. She learned to cook from her own father and from her mother-in-law, Brenda. Her favorite thing to make is her DELICIOUS pot roast (her secret is red wine… shhh!) . However, she is also famous for her chocolate mocha chiffon cake in our house. What makes my mom such a great cook is that she loves taking recipes and then changing and adapting them to what she thinks taste best or will elevate the flavors in the dish. She is not a traditional cook by any means but that’s what makes her meals so tasty. Continue reading “My Momma”